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  • 08/2022
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Andreas Karpf
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Latent Flaw: Xenophobia Series - Book 2
A crescent moon set against a jeweled field of stars gracefully slid into view. The thin arc of its crater-filled landscape drew Jack’s mind in. Long, inky shadows cast by jagged crater walls cut sharply into the pockmarked ashen terrain. Deeper within the jet-black lunar night-side were the lonely peaks of a smattering of mountain tops, catching a few last rays of sunlight. All Jack felt was a desire to be down there, exploring – perhaps uncovering some new detail in the history of Earth’s nearest neighbor – anything to avoid the chaos that was now poised to engulf him. There was no choice. Something was actively sabotaging their work and threatening the entire alien archive program. The recent attacks were anything but random and growing more bold. They knew he was on to them. A rogue signal now pointed to the frigid, dusty realm of Jupiter’s trojan asteroids. The question was, can they stop him before he finds them.
Reviews
The second sweeping installment in Karpf’s Xenophobia series continues the dazzling, thoughtful adventures of the first, as Jack Harrison, now Earth’s Director of Alien Technology, faces the fallout from bold choices in Prelude to Extinction that saved the Earth itself—and, more controversially, democratized access to alien intelligence and technology he and the crew of the Magellan had discovered. Karpf picks right back up: just two pages in, Jack’s right back to thinking through fascinating science-fiction puzzles and problems that center on making sense of alien tech through its interactions with our own, and our understanding of the laws of physics. Soon, he’s facing new dangers (politics!)while caught between a suspicious humanity and an ancient alien species who expects the worst of us—and is considering preemptive action.

Between the talk of quantum fluctuations and matter-antimatter annihilation engines, Karpf again quickly establishes problems that will seize hold of fans of hard SF. This time, Jack is tasked with investigating the “perturbed” behavior of Kuiper belt objects (ie, asteroids), some seemingly headed in the direction of Earth, thrown out of their regular orbits by Jack’s use, in the previous book, of an advanced alien engine still being experimented on by the crew.

While less epic in scope than its predecessor, Latent Flaw again skillfully blends tense, science-minded storytelling with big ideas, fascinating dilemmas, cosmic mysteries, and bursts of explosive combat. Readers of Prelude to Extinction will rightly suspect that Karpf’s story will blast into unexpected directions, with the likable, capable crew finding bold scientific solutions to seemingly impossible problems—and, again, Karpf persuasively shows the work. The prose is tighter this time, driven by dialogue and action, and the momentum stronger as the story builds to both a satisfying conclusion and an epochal cliffhanger. Readers of serious science fiction will love it, but they’re advised to start with the first book.

Takeaway: This superior hard SF sequel pits a starship crew and alien intelligence against the impossible.

Great for fans of: Greg Bear’s Eon, Jack McDevitt.

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Design and typography: B
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Editing: A
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Paperback Details
  • 08/2022
  • 979-8842349180 B0B8VRKFCN
  • 202 pages
  • $9.99
Audio Details
  • 08/2022
  • B0B64JPZZ8
  • 202 pages
  • $34.99
Hardcover Details
  • 08/2022
  • 979-8844498039 B0B8RP7SS4
  • 202 pages
  • $17.99
Kindle Edition Digital Ebook Purchas Details
  • 08/2022
  • B0B7HQS2SQ
  • pages
  • $2.99
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